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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

Don't believe blindly what you see on internet. Hinduism or सनातन धर्म (Sanātana Dharma) can't be false as name itself says it is eternal and has "Dharma" in it. Hinduism is confusing for some people ...
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

No. Sanātana Dharma doesn't allow chanting "translation" of Veda Mantras. Samhitas are core portions of Vedas. They are directly heard by sages in deep tapasya (transcendental meditation). One must ...
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Details about the verse: "Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva"?

The sloka is from the Pandava Gita. It was said by Gandhari & addressed to Lord Krishna. Gandhari Uvacha:- (Queen Gandhari said:- ) Thwameva matha cha pitha thwameva, Thwameva bhandusha , ...
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Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Yes, that's true. Usually three forms of chanting (japa) are mentioned in scriptures. From Tantra SAra: NijakarnAgocharohayam Sajapo MAnasah Smrito | UpAnsunijakarnasya Gocharaha Parikirtitaha ||...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

Yes, there are scriptures which prescribe using the mantra 'Gananam Tva Ganapatim.. ' to worship Lord Ganesha. Let's look at some scriptural references: 1) Sage Vyasa says so in Padma Purana: In the ...
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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

From Markendya Purana there is Argalastrotram created by Vishnu sage. There is a verse in that. Taken from Durga saptashati of Markandeya Purana . पत्नीं मनोरमाम देहि मनोवृत्तानुसारिणिम तारिणी...
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Is it true Mahamrityunjaya mantra is not dedicated to Lord Shiva?

First of all to which deity a revealed Veda mantra is addressed to is known by looking at 'Devata' of the mantra. Each revealed Veda mantra has a 'Rishi' denoting sage who heard ...
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Please provide all the scripture references where Hare Krishna Maha mantra is mentioned except Kalisantarana Upanishad?

Refer to this article by the Kamakotimandali : According to it, the following texts either mention it or discuss things associated with it (like Pathoddhara of the Mantra-- getting the correct ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Here is an Agamic mantra (or Tantric mantra) dedicated to Lord Indra taken from the Mantradeva Prakashika. Im IndraYa Hrith | asya Brahmarishi Pangtischandaha Indro DevatA Im Bijam Ayethi ...
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Is it a sin to chant mantras without initiation?

In Agamas DikshA or initiation is given utmost importance. Mantras should be taken from a bonafide Guru only. If one chants mantra by obtaining it through some other sources (like books etc) then ...
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

The Omkāra is made up of 3 letters: (1) akāra - अ; (2) ukāra - उ; (3) makāra - म and also an anusvāra (ardhamātrā). It is often a misconception that it has only the first three letters but the ...
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

Mandukya Upanishad says that OM is a Combination of (A + U + M) That same Self, from the point of view of the syllable, is Om, and viewed from the stand point of the letters, the quarters are the ...
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How can one achieve "siddhi" in Hinduism?

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali gives methods of achieving Siddhi (4.1): जन्मौषधिमन्त्रतप: समाधिजा: सिद्धय:॥ १॥ janmaushadhimantratapahsamadhijah siddhayah "The Siddhis (powers) are attained by ...
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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

MahaMrityunjaya mantra is one of the most special mantra from Veda Samhita addressed to Lord Shiva. It is in Rig Veda Samhita 7.59.12. Sage Vasistha is the Rishi (who heard) of the mantra and Devata ...
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What is Prahlad Chanting

The mantra being chanted is "oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya", which means "Om! Salutations to Bhagavan Vāsudeva." Bhagavan literally means the one who has wealth, but in this context it means "supreme ...
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Mantra for better memory, concentration, brain-power

srI: shrI hayagrIva stOtram srImathE rAmAnujAya nama: AzhhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE sharaNam http://acharya.org/sloka/vdesikan/HayagreevaStotram-eng.pdf || shrI hayagrIva stOtram || ...
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Is the mahamrityunjaya mantra the same mantra given by Shiva to Shukracharya to revive the dead?

No it is not the same MahAmrityunjaya Mantra. It is a special Mantra which is formed by combining the GAyatri Mantra and the Mrityunjaya Mantra in a certain manner. It has a special name viz- "...
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Can a Mleccha/Uninitiated person chant 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'?

First dealing with uninitiated persons. The mantra you are talking about is a Vedic mantra. Can anyone chant it without initiation? The answer is usually NO as per scriptures. Without Vedic ...
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Why is the Sloka "Suklambaradharam Vishnum..." used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

शुक्लाम्बरधरम् विष्णुम् शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्नवदनम् ध्यायेत् सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये || "shuklamvaram dharam vishnum sashivarnam chaturvujam | prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva ...
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Which mantras should be recited to properly worship Lord Rudra?

There are various mantras which are used to worship Lord Rudra / Lord Shiva. In Shiva Gita various Gods and sages are seen singing various hymns of Lord Shiva. Shiva Gita is a part of UttarKhanda of ...
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Correct pronunciation of Lord Savitr

In Sanskrit grammar, each सुबन्त (grossly interpreted as a noun) has 7 (+1) cases and its form will vary as per the case. This is unlike Hindi (which uses something similar to the prepositions in ...
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Which scripture wrote the "Ganapathi Moola Mantra"?

It occurs in this chapter of the Narada Purana: The immutable, the consort of Vishnu, the wife of Shambhu, minaketana, smriti, mamsa adorned with indu with manu and with the moon in the crest, ...
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Which is the correct Panchdasi mantra of Goddess Lalita?

First of all Panchadasi refers to a 15-lettered mantra. Among the three mantras that you have given only Mantra 1 is 15-lettered the others are both 16-lettered. And, Mantra 2= Mantra 1+ Srim and ...
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In what text(s) is the Naga gayatri mantra found?

I just found that mantra in Patha Bheda of First Anuvaka of Mahanarayana Upanishad. Mahanarayana Upanishad contains some Gayatri Mantras and it looks like some variants/lections include this mantra as ...
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What is meaning of Sarvabhuteshu (सर्वभूतेषु )

Yes, the sanskrit word Bhuta can have different meanings e.g. 1. For addressing happened in past, 2. For Pancha Mahabhuta (five elements - Agni, Vayu, Jala, Prithivi and Aakash) and 3. For living ...
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Which verse of Sri Rudram of Yajurveda has the word "Shiva"?

Sri Rudram is inside Samhita of Vedas. Samhitas are the most important part because they are the direct revealed words during meditation to the seers. _____________________________________ Sri Rudram ...
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What is the Adithya Hridhyam Stotra?

Rama has chanted this continuously for 9 times before encountering Ravana and attained success. Aditya = the Sun God; Hridayam = that which is especially nourishing and healing for the heart. It ...
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What is "Agnihotra"?

I hope the following answer conveys the idea of why it is non trivial to answer your question briefly. Your question is akin to asking "What is the procedure to worship the Lord" or "...
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Why 8th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram is special and what are benefits of chanting it?

Sri Rudram occurs in all 101 Shakhas of YajurVeda and hence called SataRudriya also (which I discuss here.) 8th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram (of Taittariya Samhita) is of special importance because of ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Are there mantras (vedic/tantric/puranic) available for worship of Lord Indra? I found one Mantra in the Paushya Parva of Mahabhrata , Which is hymn in praise of Indra - Indra stuti (इन्द्र स्तुति)...
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